Amidst the chaos of CMJ, one of the coolest sets of the week was not at some packed showcase but at a new LES party called Local 1200s. Held inside Rivington F&B; (the former home of St. Jerome's), the party's mission is to merge "turn up dance vibes" with live music from DJs, producers, and rappers that would appeal to the "music aficionado."

When we showed up to the second iteration of the party last night, the first thing we noticed was that the walls were covered in clocks made out of celebrity faces like Mily Cyrus, Charlie Sheen and Meryl Streep. We were told that they're the brainchild of artist Chris Crosby and his company ClockWorkCros. We couldn't stare at Miley's face for too long, however, before noticing the DJ booth, home to the party's residents like DJ Dyllemma (aka Dylan Cole, Local 1200s' founder), DJ Monster, DJ Boogie Blind and Chris V Landry, a Westgay and Pacha regular who often pairs his spinning with cool visual elements like Japanese anime. Last night also saw a performance by rapper Mike Tha Pharaoh. But as much fun as it is for the crowd to dance to the DJs' tunes, the producers "are encouraged to show off their skills and play for themselves and not just for the crowd," Landry told us. As much as Local 1200s is a LES dance party, it's also an opportunity for emerging artists and DJs to experiment, practice and perform. Take a peek at photos from last night, below.

Local 1200s

Local 1200s

Local 1200s

Local 1200s

Local 1200s

Local 1200s

Local 1200s

Local 1200s